this winter was long. we're not making excuses, it's just a fact. we're
pretty sure there was snow on the ground a few weeks ago. now that
it's warm and flowers are blooming we've forgotten it all. the huge
change in weather is one of the many things we like about living here,
but this year we collectively (i am speaking for our entire state here)
had to just put our heads down and power through. we were not making a
damn thing. making things for us, is about joy. we're there now. bring
on the blissful summer months. between being outside for long days with
our kids, digging in the garden, spending time in the evenings on the
porch, we might just make more things. we remember why we started doing
it in the first place. the joy is back. just in time. get in there, it's all sparkly new.
and now for another fanatical shoe entry...
today we headed north to the Sven clog (they make clogs for No. 6, among others) factory and outlet. they recently re-opened their shop in the top floor of their small headquarters with shelves upon shelves of beautiful shoes. i think we had nearly every pair in each of our respective sizes out/on/walked around/played with by the baby/ before we each walked out with one or two pairs. the woman helping us opened the doors downstairs to show us where all the magic happens- we watched her make a pair of clogs, landing long staples to connect the leather to wooden bases. bam bam bam and done. utterly magical- every step handmade here in Minnesota. We love where we live.
spending ample time at m's space, baguettes for miles, st. germain is really hitting the spot, we thrift in high-tops, subtle winter, yarn discovering, our first shop order in a long while for shop myrtle, citrus for miles, anything on michelle's red table begs for a photograph, and matching the snow.
we began this collaboration 2 years ago and tomorrow on january one, two thousand and thirteen we turn the corner into our third year. we couldn't be more excited that after all this time two friends can still collaborate and find joy in this process together (and it's not half bad that we get to send those exercises in joy off to you in little envelopes either!). to celebrate we've thrown confetti, made new items, and we'll pack the shop full, right on time- as the new year strikes. HAPPY NEW YEAR/ANNIVERSARY/2013.
anyway you state it, it's going to be a very good year.
you just can't say cheeriup without an exclamation point. try it. cheeriup (exclamation point!) is a thoughtful new venture by our friend kelly. she takes native recycled willow branches and weaves and maneuvers them into simple yet intricate outdoor or indoor play structures (thickets) for kids of all sizes. i visited her brand new studio space a couple weeks ago and was blown away by both her process and the seemingly endless compositions and good bits littered all around her work space.
if you're in minneapolis and want a real cheeriup experience, kelly has been hard at work all week weaving a 9 foot tall thicket that will reside in michelle's new impeccable, beyond perfect studio space, which is already becoming our new second home (an entry about that coming up, in fact).